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2018.07.20

CIGS Energy and Environment Seminar (Roger Pielke Jr.) "Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Science and Politics" - Summary of Speech and Q&A

  • Taishi SUGIYAMA
  • Senior Research Fellow
    Taishi SUGIYAMA
  • [Expertise]
    Natural resources, energy, environment and the policy

The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on May 31, 2018 inviting Prof. Roger Pielke Jr., Environmental Studies Director, Sports Governance Center Faculty Affiliate, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado. This is the summary of speech and Q&A.



Abstract of the Speech (Explanation by Speaker)
In recent decades the economic costs associated with extreme weather events around the world have increased dramatically. This talk will discuss trends in extreme weather events. I will assess the relative contributions of increasing wealth and population versus possible changes in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes as contributors to the increasing costs of weather-related disasters. I will draw upon the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has assessed evidence on extreme weather events across multiple reports. The issue of climate change has been the focus of considerable political debate, and extreme weather has at times been caught in that debate as a political symbol. I've had a front row seat to those dynamics for more than two decades. In the talk I will also share a bit on my own experiences where science and policy meet, in an environment characterized by heavy politics. There are important lessons here not just for the climate issue, but also scientific integrity more broadly.


→The full text of the summary of speech
Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Science and PoliticsPDF: 186KB
→The full text of the summary of Q&A
Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Science and PoliticsPDF: 173KB

→Event report
CIGS Energy and Environment Seminar (Roger Pielke Jr.) "Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Science and Politics"

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